Angelique Kerber v Simona Halep up at Eastbourne, but Caroline Wozniacki and Johanna Konta out
Former world No 1s Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep will battle it out for a place in the semi-final at the Nature Valley International.
Fourth seed Kerber initially took her time to get going against Rebecca Peterson, but once she settled down she brushed aside the Swede 7-6 (7-3), 6-0.
“I was feeling good so far,” reigning Wimbledon champion Kerber said after the match. “The first set was really close and tough.
“I mean, she had [two] set points in the first set, but then I was playing good in the tiebreak. And then starting good in the second set and finding then my rhythm even better in the second set, so it was a good match.”
Up next is another tricky encounter as she will take on former French Open champion Halep for a place in the last four.
Halep came through a tough second-round clash against Polona Hercog as she dropped the second set against the Slovenian qualifier before winning 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
Defeats Polona Hercog 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. pic.twitter.com/tJ1ukYEwAB
— WTA (@WTA) June 26, 2019
Third seed Kiki Bertens had too much for Anna-Lena Friedsam as she beat the German 6-3, 6-3 to set up a clash against eighth seed Aryna Sabalenka.
In a repeat of the 2018 Eastbourne final, Belarusian Sabalenka ousted defending champion Caroline Wozniacki with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) victory.
“Of course I’m happy with this win, and especially against Caroline,” Sabalenka said. “She’s a great player, and I lost to her in the final here last year. This win is really important for me, and I didn’t win these tough matches for long, since last year.”
Defeats defending champion Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(5). pic.twitter.com/vx9yFiyvnY
— WTA (@WTA) June 26, 2019
British No 1 Johanna Konta was another casualty as she was beaten by Ons Jabeur with the Tunisian claiming a 6-3, 6-2 win.
“I definitely feel I’m bringing the same sort of thought processes and the same ideas from the clay to the grass,” the 14th-seeded Konta said.
“This surface demands certain adjustments and adaptations. I definitely feel like I have been able to adjust well movement-wise and also accepting on what the majority of points look like on the grass versus the clay.”
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